BJP is looking to woo Hindu voters of Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh who are temporarily residing in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, by playing the ‘Kairana exodus’ card.
Party activists are allegedly circulating newspaper clippings published in a Hindi daily, about an Allahabad high court order to UP DGP and principal secretary (PS), home, to provide safe environment to voters of Kairana who had allegedly migrated from the town.
According to rough estimates, around 10,000-15,000 voters of Mahoba district are residing in Chhatarpur and they can play a key role in the northern state’s election, especially in Charkhari constituency.
BJP, however, claimed that they were just informing people here about the incident, and not influencing voters.
Its Harpalpur office in-charge Rakesh Pathak said the UP government had failed to provide a safe environment to Hindus.
In Bundelkhand too, people are facing problems like in Kairana, where “Hindu families migrated from the town due to extortion by a section of people of the minority community”, he said, although he went on to add that people migrated for a livelihood or safety.
“Samajwadi Party has completely failed in stopping migration of people. They are migrating either for safety or for livelihood,” Pathak said.
According to sources, a member of a minority community allegedly abducted a Dalit married woman on January 17 in Charkhari and BJP is connecting this matter with the Kairana exodus.
Harpalpur municipal council chairperson Mamta Baisakhiya of BJP highlighted the water crisis and poor law and order situation in UP, which, she said, was affecting neighbouring districts in MP.
However, Samajwadi Party leader Kaptan Singh, husband of MLA Urmila Rajput, said Brij Bhushan Rajput, son of former MP Ganga Charan Rajput and BJP candidate from Charkhari, had “crossed all the limits to win the election”.
“His supporters are threatening the voters,” he said, adding that on getting a copy of the newspaper clipping, he would lodge a complaint with the election commission “because they are dividing people unnecessarily”.
Mahoba district collector Ajay Kumar Singh said there are many voters of Mahoba district who are residing temporarily in Chhatarpur district. “But I don’t have any information of campaigning in Harpalpur.”